Five starting pitchers the Phillies could pursue in free agency

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PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 13: Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs looks over to first base as he pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 13, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 13: Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs looks over to first base as he pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 13, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 28: Jhoulys Chacin #46 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at PETCO Park on August 28, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

Jhoulys Chacin

Jhoulys Chacin is having a decent season – his 4.03 ERA is the lowest it has been in any full major-league season since his standout 2013 campaign – but it is certainly not the kind that will launch him into a bigger contract. In 27 starts with the Padres this year, Chacin has a fielding-independent pitching of 4.52 (107 FIP-), 1.30 WHIP, and 1.8 bWAR.

Chacin is with the Padres on a show-me, one-year contract worth just $1.75 million. According to Fangraphs, he has been worth $12.1 million this season, but by no means will he receive a contract anywhere near that size. He may get something around five to seven million dollars, but that is by no means a guarantee. If the Phillies want to go for the budget pitcher, Chacin is certainly one.

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There are certainly more starting pitching options in free agency, these are just five of them. It’s possible another starter could sign here in Philadelphia; I just hope one does.

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